Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Faith isn’t easy to understand which means that few people have seen genuine, God-sized faith in action. I didn’t intend for that statement to be an indictment on you or on the church as a whole in our generation. Yet many of us would agree that living by faith and believing God for incredible miracles is somewhat few and far between.
Some of the people who I have read and listened to in the past have talked about faith being that special happening when you tried or attempted something that you would fail unless God showed up. I will agree to that, but I will also admit that much of what we do as Christians and as churches has little to no faith attached to it. We’ve become complacent and sterile. Maybe we’ve even moved so far to be predictable with little change ever.
That is not the faith that we see played out in Scripture where men and women took leaps of faith seen is all kinds of different ways with the outcome being that many people saw God work. Those stories come from the old and new testament. In every situation what faith produced was people seeing God and God getting all the glory.
Yet in our lives we don’t think we have much faith. When we are pushed to live by faith or to trust God, we acknowledge that we can’t see where are going or don’t understand what God is doing. Have you ever said “I can’t see from here”?
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.
Abraham didn’t know where he was to go. But he packed up his family and moved forward as God led him to do. He couldn’t see the place God put before him, but he believed that God would lead. He believed that God knew what and where was best.
Living by faith is believing what God said and moving forward. There are times when we have a choice. We can follow where God is leading or we can do our own thing. We can live by faith or we can live by how we feel or what seems normal and rational. Often if not always faith seems irrational and pushes us far beyond the limits of our understanding.
Maybe you have stood in that place as I have. The choice is ours. We can admit that “I can’t see from here”, but I’m willing to follow God. I am willing to fail if God doesn’t show up.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Take a step. Believe God. Try something that will fail, you will fail unless God shows up. That is faith. I’m in. How about you? I can’t see from here…